Funds sought for roads

Published 8:15 pm Saturday, July 2, 2011

The Dallas County Commission is hoping to secure funds for safer roads within the county.

During the recent Dallas County Commission meeting, county engineer Coosa Jones brought a resolution, which was approved unanimously, giving the county permission to apply for a $350,000 grant from ADECA to assist in its road paving projects.

If awarded, Jones said the grant would require a small match from the county.

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“It’s $350,000 in grant funds and $64,000 in in-kind work with the county doing the priming,” he said.

Recently, Jones said the county primed County Road 141 as part of the project and could have the mat down on the road by next week.

The grant, Dallas County Probate Judge Kim Ballard said, will allow more roads to be added to the project, which already spans across each district.

“Each one of you has something being done in your district as I speak, but these are additional roads,” he said. “I feel like we may get them this time.”

Emergency Management director Rhonda Abbot also said her office is still working to secure additional storm shelters.

The county has also already secured bids to add several new warning sirens throughout the county.